Posts tagged: BMC Series

BMC Psychology launches!


On Wednesday 27 February, the newest addition to the BMC-series portfolio was launched. This marked a significant milestone for the BMC-series family of open access journals, as it was the first truly new journal since 2008.

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World AIDS Day 1st December 2012


Saturday 1st December is World AIDS Day. World Aids Day was the first global health awareness day held in 1988 to help commemorate those who have died of AIDS, raise awareness of the disease, and help drive support for people living with HIV. 25 years on, this year the WHO has defined this year as World AIDS Day 2012: Getting to Zero.

100,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK alone – worldwide this number is estimated to be 34 million which includes 3.3 million children. Each day almost 7,000 are people newly infected and although antiretroviral therapy is increasingly allowing people to lead normal lives 1.7 million people died of AIDS in 2011.

The Terrance …

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Call for papers for an upcoming cross-journal article collection: Medical Imaging in Rheumatology


Jasvinder Singh, Guest Editor for an upcoming cross-journal article collection entitled Medical Imaging in Rheumatology: New Advances to Revolutionalize Diagnosis and Treatment, provides his perspectives on why this topic is of importance to the field of rheumatology, and outlines how manuscripts can be submitted for consideration in either BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, BMC Medical Imaging or BMC Medicine.

Jasvinder Singh is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and staff physician at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also a member of the American College of Rheumatology and serves as a committee member on the Guidelines subcommittee of the American College of Rheumatology’s Quality …

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Encouraging data developments on the BMC series


The BMC series biology journals have joined BMC Research Notes in encouraging all authors of original research-based articles to publish supporting data permanently online and include an ‘Availability of supporting data’ section in their articles. This includes journals such as BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Systems Biology, BMC Ecology and BMC Genomics.

Different journals and publishers have different approaches to data sharing. A recent feasibility study by JISC and the Research Information Network (and other partners) has the potential to produce a comprehensive Journal Research Data Policy Bank (JoRD) cataloguing these different policies. Meanwhile, non-comprehensively, some journals such as the BMJ require a data sharing statement from all authors. Others – including all BioMed …

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BioMed Central ENCODE articles: ePubs now available

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Unless you were in a science-free vacuum last week, you probably noticed the publication of over 30 ENCODE articles in a number journals, including BioMed Central's very own Genome Biology and BMC Genetics. Or if you didn't notice the publications themselves, you probably caught some of the controversy over the (allegedly) misleading "junking 'junk' DNA" angle much of the media coverage adopted. Or if you didn't notice the controversy, you might at least have stumbled upon Tim Minchin narrating a YouTube beginner's guide to ENCODE, in a way that only a ginger could.

BioMed Central and the other publishers involved have aimed to be …

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Human genomics comes of age: ENCODE, Open Access and BioMed Central


The 21st Century began with a milestone for the human genome: a summer fanfare on Pennsylvania Avenue, two scientists and a jazz enthusiast, feverish with talk of a "wondrous map". President Clinton, in harmony with Prime Minister Blair in London, announced the completion of a draft human genome sequence, and the science of biology was forever changed.

Only a few years earlier, many would not have believed that such a feat was possible. Just three years later, a complete sequence was released; but as the Human Genome Project reached its summit, a new ascent loomed larger. What to make of the sequence? How could the function of each section be explained? Why were so many stretches of DNA seemingly …

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Highlights of the BMC-series: June 2012


The BMC-series has been watching its weight this month, with two
articles on heavy issues. Elsewhere, we had stolen genes, violent ants
and Hdac4 controlling development in zebrafish, amongst a host of other
important research. Be sure to investigate the journal homepages for
more exciting highlights.

Public Health: A weighty issue

In a study published in BMC
Public Health
this month, which was
picked up by New Scientist, BBC News, ITN news and The Telegraph, Walpole et al. investigated the impact of obesity
in terms of total human biomass. Perhaps the most memorable statistic of the
study reveals that, if all countries had the same average BMI as the USA, then
the total human …

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